Obama urges people to serve their communities

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - President Barack Obama is urging the public to step up and serve their communities.

Speaking at a community service forum in Texas, Obama said there is a lot government can't and shouldn't do - and that's where active, engaged citizens - including young people - have a role to play.

He says government can build the best schools but can't run the PTA.

Obama signed legislation in April tripling the size of the AmeriCorps community service program. He also launched a "United We Serve" campaign that ended with a national day of service on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Obama appeared with former President George H.W. Bush, who 20 years ago launched the "thousand points of light" volunteer service movement.